This tour takes in best highlights of Ireland including the West and South West in some of the world's top luxury castles and hotels that will leave everlasting memories. We've highlighted some of the attractions you will see but this is just a teaser of the full itinerary.
The main touring season begins in March and ends in October, with the months of May through to September being High Season. There is great value to be found traveling outside of these months along with much quieter numbers on the ground.
Dublin like other major cities is somewhat an anomaly being busy throughout the year from both a tourism and business perspective, so there is always a buzz about the city.
Welcome to Dublin. Meet and greet in arrivals by your chauffeur driver and transfer to the glorious Ashford Castle in Cong Co. Mayo. Enjoy some light sightseeing, perhaps strolling to 'The Quiet Man' cottage and adjust to your new timezone.
Enjoy the day at leisure in Ashford Castle partaking in some of the many amenities on offer. Take a 'hawk walk' and learn about the magnificent birds of prey or take a boat onto Lough Corrib to Inchagoill and visit St Patrick's monastery where he was banished by the pagan druids in the 4h Century.
Explore Connemara National Park with your guide. Perhaps visiting Kylemore Abbey and Gardens or taking a visit to an Oyster Farm where you can learn about the process and taste your farming rewards. For the active travellers there are some fantastic hiking opportunities such as Diamond Head for views over the bay and islands.
to either Dromoland Castle or the newly refurbished Adare Manor (destined to be the venue of the Ryder Cup 2026) by taking a boat to the Aran Islands and Inishmor, the largest of the 3. Experience island life and visit the ancient 'Dun Aonghasa' cliff fort. This trip can also be taken by helicopter for views like no other.
Explore the impressive Wild Atlantic Way through the Burren National Park with its impressive exposed Limestone slabs that resemble a somwhat Martian landscape and of course the Cliffs of Moher which you can experience in person.
Continuing south to the 'Kingdom' of Kerry by stepping back into ancient Ireland and a time gone bye touring the Dingle Peninsula and Slea head. Visiting the Gallarus Oratory and Beehive Huts and experiencing a Master Crystal Cutter in action at Dingle Crystal before travelling to Kenmare.
Exploring the Ring of Kerry today. There are several touring options, where you decide to tour the entire loop by road or take a jaunting cart through the Gap of Dunloe contuning by boat through the Killarney Lakes. The more adventureous can take a boat on open sea to the UNESCO site at Skellig Michael which you may recognise from the recent Star Wars installments. Pre booking is necesssary.
Depart from Dublin Airport with a private transfer. Thank you for using Emerald Custom Tours and we look forward to assisting you with future travels.